Get the Complete Training Package

The Sound Beginning Behavior and Training package is unlike any other. Dog training experts created the program specifically to help new pet parents navigate that all important transition period, right before and just after an adoption. The training package INCLUDES:

  • A copy of the Book/CD “Adopting a Dog? Start off right with ... A Sound Beginning”  by co-authors Julie Dorsey-Oskerka, Patricia Rattray, and Rebecca Cann.
  • A clicker set (which you will receive at the first class)
  • Sniff-itTM collar attachment (pre-loaded with essential oil for calming)
  • 30-minute private phone consultation with a professional trainer:  Guaranteed 24 hour response.*
  • FOUR separate one-hour classes.
  • VIDEOS of training exercises for continued at-home support.
  • HOME SUPPORT and HANDOUTS to address behavioral issues specific to your individual needs.



  • STEP 1:  Purchase the complete package.
  • STEP 2:  A copy of the Sound Beginning book and a Sniff-itTM will be shipped to you to get you started on the right path.
  • STEP 3:  Within 24 hours of your processed payment your customer login account will be given access to the Members section of our site where you can view/download training exercises and handouts.
  • STEP 4:  Once you are a Member, login and register for four "Path to Success" classes. You must begin with the ORANGE class. You will receive a clicker set when you attend the first class.
  • STEP 5:  You will receive an email message with information on scheduling your 30 minute private phone consultation.


IMPORTANTORANGE must be taken before being able to attend any of the other classes. YELLOWBLUE, or GREEN may then be taken in any order. Classes are provided on a continuous weekly basis using an Open Enrollment format. YOU can reserve an available spot at a location and date that suits your schedule.

The Path to Success consists of 4 unique classes. These practical exercises are included in all.

  • RELAXATION (Relax on a Mat)
  • CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Coping with environmental changes)
  • CANINE COMMUNICATION (Understanding dog language)
  • NAME RECOGNITION (Attention)
  • SAY PLEASE! (SIT / Polite Manners)
  • TOUCH (Hand target / Confidence and Focus)

Each of the FOUR classes ALSO focuses on a specific topic unique to that unit/color:


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YELLOW - You've Got a Friend

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BLUE - Don't Correct ... Re-direct!

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GREEN - The Thinking Dog

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*To prevent problems, it is highly suggested that the Phone Consultation is used within the first two weeks, but it is valid through the completion of the training package .


Terms: Purchasing the A Sound Beginning Package or a single unit Phone Consultation signifies that you agree
to the following Terms of Service.

Class Info

  • You will attend the first class without your dog as soon as you are able.  
  • Make-up classes are available.
  • The whole family is invited to participate.  
  • Demonstration videos and handouts are available online as follow-up support for each class. 

Class Schedule

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View a Sample of the Book

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Listen to a Sample of the CD


The A Sound Beginning CD is available in a digital MP3 Format!!!

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Friendly Support

We're here to help. Our experienced trainers guide you through every step of the process as you learn how to build a lifetime relationship with your dog based on trust and understanding. 

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan without being overwhelmed? Check out our Intro to Training package.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Our classes are modular so that you can choose a location (throughout Chicagoloand) and time that best suits your schedule each week. View our calendar for upcoming sessions.